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Computer at one of the labsOur Student Computing Center (SCC) facilities are open to all currently registered PCC students. They are located on the Cascade, Rock Creek, Southeast, and Sylvania Campuses. Software applications include Internet browsers, word processing software, desktop publishing, spreadsheets, databases, web page authoring, presentations, and programming languages.

While all currently enrolled PCC students are welcome, an online orientation is required before using the centers.

If you need help while using a computer lab, lab assistants and lab coordinators are available to assist you with computer applications such as Word and Excel. See the lab assistant job description if you are interested in student employment opportunities with a computer lab.

Computer Application Systems tutors are also available to aid with Office Applications, web development, and other CAS assignments. Please contact your campus computer lab for more information regarding CASCIS, and CS tutoring locations and hours of availability.

Software on all SCC computers

7-Zip, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Freedom Scientific Fusion (JAWS and ZoomText), Google Chrome, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), Natural Reader, Read and Write, and VLC Media Player

Cascade

  • Location: Cascade Library Building, First and Second floor
  • Devices: 40 Windows computers and 2 Mac computers
Specialty software locations: workstations #13 – #21
Adobe Creative Cloud 2023 (All computers)
ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Desktop, Google Earth
MATLAB R2016b
Python, JetBrains: WebStorm, PyCharm
Splashtop Remote Access machines (14, 15, 16)
Visual Studio 2016

Rock Creek

  • Location: Rock Creek Bldg 9, Second floor
  • Devices: 58 Windows computers and 2 Mac computers
Specialty software locations: workstations #25 – #38
AutoCAD, Revit, Civil 3-D 2024 (25, 26)
Solidworks 2023 (27, 28)
ArcGIS Pro 3.1, ArcGIS Desktop 10.8.2, Google Earth (29, 30)
Adobe Creative Cloud 2023 (31, 32)
Vectorworks 202, Python, PyCharm Pro (33, 34)
Bluebeam, Project, Chief Architect, Python, PyCharm Pro  (35, 36, 37, 38)
Splashtop Remote Access machines (17, 18, 49, 50, 51)

Southeast

  • Location: Southeast Library Building, First Floor
  • Devices: 65 Windows computers and 3 Mac computers

Sylvania

  • Location: Sylvania Library Building, First Floor
  • Devices: 115 Windows computers and 2 Mac computers
  • Accommodations: 1 family room with a Windows computer

Student Computing Center hours

PCC’s Student Computing Center hours are the same as our Library open hours.

Accessibility features

Each campus maintains an inventory of accessibility equipment:

  • Hardware may include adjustable desk heights to accommodate wheelchairs, large screen monitors, headphones with mics, ergonomic chairs, keyboards, and mice.
    • Adjustable desks are equipped with electric motors that allow the height to be adjusted with the push of a button.
    • Ergonomic chairs are tailored to fit the natural curvature of the spine, support proper posture, and adapt to the user’s movements.
    • Large screen monitors are computer displays that have significantly larger screen sizes compared to standard monitors.
    • DaVinci Enhanced Vision workstations which provide a desktop magnification camera and display, along with full-page text-to-speech (OCR) software.
  • Software may include audible software, which speaks to the user as the mouse is scrolled over text, and text enlargement software.
    • Freedom Scientific Fusion is screen reader software designed to aid individuals with vision impairments. Fusion combines two programs, JAWS (Job Access With Speech) and ZoomText, to provide a comprehensive suite of tools for screen reading, screen magnification, and visual enhancements.
    • Read & Write is a tool designed to assist individuals with reading, writing, studying, and research tasks, particularly those with dyslexia, learning difficulties, or other literacy challenges.
    • Natural Reader is a text-to-speech software designed to convert written text into spoken words and is helpful for individuals who have difficulties with reading, such as those with dyslexia, those who are learning a language, or people who prefer auditory learning.
    • NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) is screen reader software designed to enable blind and visually impaired users to interact with and access computers running the Windows operating system.

Check your campus computer lab for specific equipment. You may also order equipment through Accessible Ed & Disability Resources.

PaperCut printing

In collaboration with the PCC Print Center, Information Technology has migrated student print management at PCC to PaperCut starting February 2024. Students are provided a student print credit of $10 per term on their PCC PaperCut accounts.

PaperCut on PCC Chromebooks

To get set up, on your Chromebook click a campus link (below) based on where you want to print to, and then follow the instructions.

PaperCut on your personal device

In order to print in the PCC Student Computing Centers within the Library, you will need to be onsite and connected to PCCWifi. Mobility print will work with Windows, Mac, iOS, Mac OS, Chromebook, and Android devices.

You will click on the campus that you are at (Above), then the icon that represents your device, or operating system, in order to install the PaperCut printer to your personal device.

Installation steps to print using PaperCut from your personal device
PaperCut supporting documents

Orientation and account activation

Each year, students need to complete an online orientation on any computer at a Computer Resource Center or PCC library to establish a lab login. Only currently enrolled students are eligible to take the orientation and create a login.

Each term, students will need to re-activate their accounts using the “Update Account” button on the screen. Once activated, the SCC account is valid for all campus SCCs for the duration of the term.

Additional computing resources

Other computing resources may be found in PCC libraries. Also, many academic departments manage specialized computer labs for students taking their classes.

Requesting software

Faculty chairs and Deans can use the IT Service Request page to access the Classroom Software Request form, allowing faculty to request software in PCC Classrooms and Computer Labs. All software requests must be approved by a faculty department chair or division dean. Software installation only takes place between terms and must be requested by the 5th week of the prior term to ensure enough time for various teams to ensure functionality and accessibility requirements are met.